Hollie & Brad’s Courtyard Hotel Stanwick wedding.
A lovely summer wedding to cheer us all up before Spring arrives. Enjoy looking at the warm sun, the ice cream van and the Pimms – roll on Summer!
Hollie & Bradley met through mutual friends at a local cricket club. They were good friends for quite a while before finally becoming a couple and moving in together.
Fast forward a couple of years to the night Hollie walked through the front door after a twelve-hour shift as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She was met with the scene of candlelight and red roses – but no sign of Brad though! Her first thought was that he had got his dates mixed up (as it was quite close to Valentine’s Day).
It turned out that he hadn’t got the wrong date after all. When Hollie walked through the house to put her work bags away she found him standing in the dining room, all dressed up and looking very nervous.
So there she stood, in her smelly, dirty greens while he proposed to her. Hollie was so shocked that she forgot to say Yes! She also adds that it’s not often that she’s speechless!
Our venue and why we chose it.
“The Courtyard Hotel in Stanwick is small enough to be personal, but big enough to handle our large guest list. We chose this venue for a few reasons. Firstly it is a stone’s throw from our home, meaning I could walk to the venue on the day with my groomsmen which was very special.
Secondly, the venue is just gorgeous, with plenty of garden space in a beautiful setting.
The cost of the venue is also very competitive and included a lot of extras so we didn’t have the hassle of having to source and organise them. This included the flowers, catering, master of ceremonies and certain decorations.
It also included a wedding planner called Hayley who makes sure the day runs perfectly and we couldn’t recommend her more highly.”
Our wedding theme.
“I don’t think we had a style or theme, we just did what we wanted. We had classical music at the ceremony, this was played through the hotel’s PA system. Because we wanted a romantic setting for the ceremony, I think the music made it work.
The one thing we did want was a laid back day, where everyone was simply having fun. We had a few garden games for guests to play and had an informal hog roast for the meal in the evening. We stuck to a seating plan where everyone knew the people they were seated with.
The colour theme for Hollie’s bouquet was rose pink, with a white theme for the bridesmaids’ flowers.
The guys wore classic morning suits; Brad wore an Ivory rouche tie and the groomsmen Rose Pink.
For the drinks reception, we had canapés washed down with bottled beers, glasses of Pimms or orange juice for the drivers.
For our wedding breakfast, we chose a delicious hog roast, accompanied by Prosecco. And afterwards, for dessert, we hired a vintage ice cream van which served numerous flavours of homemade ice cream.
We made these choices as these are all of our favourite things! We loved the idea of a more ‘relaxed’ wedding breakfast and made the most of the glorious summer evening by serving the hog roast and ice creams outside.”
“We found Ian through a referral from another wedding photographer. Ian photographed her wedding so we knew he was going to be good.
Ian is so much more than just a photographer. He helped us out so much on the day and he is not the kind of guy that take thousands of average pictures, he delivered just over 350 images but every one is of a high quality. He has the most impeccable timing and the best eye for a picture I have ever known.
His pictures tell a story and even now after seeing our photos for the hundredth time people point out things we hadn’t noticed before. He captures so much in every photo.
One thing we liked about his style was that after the ceremony you just don’t notice him. He slips off into the background to observe and get the perfect shots. I couldn’t recommend Ian enough, he is truly a professional and his work is just incredible.
We would also like to add that Ian is a really nice guy, and he makes you feel more like a friend than a client.”
Do you have any advice for other couples planning their own weddings?
- “Work the room, make sure you spend at least two minutes with every guest that turns up even if they only stay for a drink. It’s tiring but well worth it and everyone will appreciate you taking the time to say hello. They have made the effort to come all the way to your day, the least you can do is make the effort to see them.”
- “Do what you want. Everyone has an opinion, and after months of hearing these you just get caught up and confused as to what you really want. This is the biggest and happiest day of your life so enjoy it and do what you want to do!”
Other suppliers we used.
“We had a lot of help from our families and our Aunt kindly made the wedding cake for us which was incredible.
No cars were needed at the wedding as Brad walked to the venue and Hollie stayed at the hotel the night before.
Flowers were provided in the wedding venue’s package and they were supplied by Esme Rose flowers. She’s a very creative type, very good with flowers and we were really pleased with how they looked and lasted.
Our Ice Cream Van called Lottie from Sweet Ally Scoops went down extremely well. Brad was allowed a go at serving ice creams and the van looked amazing, we would definitely recommend her if anyone was looking for something a little different.”